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Inspired by the 2155cdn’s productivity, we asked the CarolRoth.com Business Unplugged contributor network of entrepreneurs and experts to give their best tips for increasing productivity in small and midsize businesses. Their answers are presented below in no particular order.
You may notice some similar ideas and themes, but I kept their insights separate, as something in the way one is framed may resonate differently with you.
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Now, onto the list…
Do you know another great tip for increasing productivity that wasn’t included? If you do, please share it below. And as always, many thanks to everyone that contributed to this article!
Good tips here! One I would add is to eat lots of fruits. It might sound simple, but the complex sugars in fruits give you energy without making you feel guilty or tired afterwards. You can even keep a bowl of fruit in the breakroom for employees to take advantage of. It's surprising how much of a different it will make in their productivity!
Automate! We've automated many processes whether it has been custom software or complex macros in Excel. There are many possibilities if you are creative. Automating routine processes leaves more time for existing clients and prospecting.
These are all great tips - some I have heard before and some I am dying to try out! My tip would be to focus the core of your work (the tough assignments) for when you are most alert. For me, its the morning to tackle anything that needs my full attention. Then the rest of the day is spent following up on tasks, contacting clients, sorting my inbox. My productivity is fantastic in the AM and the afternoon sets me up for the next day!
Prioritize, be flexible and treat your employees well. Our company priority lists often get readjusted a few times daily. If you're not flexible this can become discouraging. Pass along these concepts to your assistants and commend and reward them for their persistence and loyalty.
Love these great productivity tips from such a diverse groups. @Dell, since my laser printer doesn't want to communicate with my laptop, I would especially love this new laser printer -- it would boost my productivity so much I would tell the world about it!
Create a procedure manual. It's not sexy, but it makes life easy when you're training someone new or when you want to pass a task to a VA with minimal "retraining" time. Plus, if you're having a "brain dead" day, you can follow the simple steps you've previously outlined - it's like a recipe book for your business. Easy peasy.
I think social media is the biggest productivity killer of them all. Everyone spends so much of their day checking their Facebook status and personal emails, that they can't focus and get sidetracked easily. The next thing you know the day is over and they got very little actual work done.
I have two. The first would be to block social media period, unless it is in a controlled monitored environment. The second would be to turn work into a competition. When I worked as a loan officer for one of the largest banks in the country, I wasn't a top sales person because of the crazy commission checks. I was because of the production reports they passed around every single day. It literally killed me when someone I disliked had better numbers than me and it made me literally stay until my numbers were higher. If you keep track of everyone's productivity and make it public, your employees productivity will go up immediately, trust me on that one.
PRODUCTIVITY TIP: ALLOW WORKERS 30 minutes a DAY, so they can do personal stuff, do errands, check Facebook, twitter, etc. Every one has personal stuff to take care of, and if you allow people to do what they need to do... they will work harder during the rest of the work day.